Paper Trail

Paper Trail

by T.I.T.I.

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Overview

House arrest would likely slow anyone's daily routine. It probably played a factor in T.I.'s decision to write down his rhymes for the first time since his debut. A year of jail time on the horizon would, just the same, impact a writer's output, and it has done just that on Paper Trail. Plenty of these tracks have nothing to do with T.I.'s federal weapons conviction -- escapist fare like the number one Hot 100 single "Whatever You Like" and the mindnumbing "Porn Star," where he's barely coasting -- but there is a sense of urgency and a new dimension of self-reflection not touched upon throughout the holding pattern that was T.I. vs T.I.P. And when he's just battling, as on "I'm Illy," he reaches a level of indignant rage that manages to top that of "I'm Talkin' to You." The M.I.A.-sampling, Kanye West-produced "Swagga Like Us" features verses from Jay-Z, West, and Lil Wayne, but its chunky, rugged, alien beat could've hit even harder with just T.I., whose pent-up swagger makes for the best vocal fit. The cut with multiple features that is deserving of even more talk is "On Top of the World," where B.o.B. and (especially) Ludacris complement atypical wealth-related T.I. boasts like "Cousins in college -- where you think they get tuition from?" The production work also helps place the album above T.I. vs T.I.P.; Toomp's return provides some much needed punch, as does Danja's slow motion, almost bluesy, organ-drenched beat for "No Matter What."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075678981982
catalogNumber: 920031

Album Credits

Performance Credits

T.I.   Primary Artist
Larry Gold   Conductor
Peter Nocella   Viola
Stevie Salas   Guitar
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
David Siegel   Keyboards
Ghislaine Fleischmann   Violin
Ghislaine Fleishman   Violin
Ricco Barrino   Vocals
Michelle Bishop   Violin
Carol Briselli   Viola
Eliza Cho   Violin
James J. Cooper   Cello
Canei Finch   Keyboards

Technical Credits

DJ Toomp   Audio Production
Larry Gold   Arranger,String Arrangements
Bill Orcutt   Cover Illustration
Ian Wright   Cover Illustration
James Scheffer   Composer
Paul Foley   Engineer
Lil C   Producer,Audio Production
Kanye West   Producer,Audio Production
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Caren   Producer,Audio Production
Justin Timberlake   Producer
DJ Troomp   Producer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
T.I.P.   Executive Producer
T.I.   Audio Production
Jim Jonsin   Producer,Audio Production
Matteo Bolzoni   Engineer
Jason Geter   Executive Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Drumma Boy   Audio Production
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Elvis Williams   Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Diesel   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Marks   Engineer
Danja   Audio Production
Derrick Selby   Engineer
James "Nard" Rosser   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rob Knox   Producer,Audio Production
Brad "Dirt" Horne   Engineer
Justin Smith   Composer
Rob Gold   Producer
Individuals   Producer
Dan Balan   Composer
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Brandon "B" Rackley   Producer
Individualz   Audio Production
Clifford Harris   Composer
Christopher Gholson   Producer
Marcella Araica   Engineer
Elliot Carter   Engineer

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Paper Trail 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ElTigreChino More than 1 year ago
My favorite T.I. album by far. It's great throughout the entire album. I think that the featured artists are great, be it Justin Timberlake on Dead and Gone, Rihanna on Live You Life, or Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye on Swagga Like Us. He's also good by himself on Whatever you like. I highly recommend this album.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly believe that T.I is the best rapper alive with this cd Lil wayne is a joke T.I is back strong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot say whether it is good or not because it would not play in my car for some reason.But to me T.I is a superb rapper.
cchick More than 1 year ago
In T.I.'s personal new single Dead and Gone he raps about the pain of being a gangster and the mistakes he's made throughout his life. He sings about sadness, mistakes, violence, god and the reality of being a man who has a family to take care of with a soulful and uplifting voice. His hip hop beats and lyrics truly stand out.
beyer More than 1 year ago
Good cd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
T.I. is the boi! He rocked it on this one, but he stepped up his game something fierce on "Me Against The World." Oh you'll ride to this one. My favs on this joint are "Swing Your Rag" and "A Better Day"...but fortunately the whole CD is on point
euniceblack More than 1 year ago
True and new fans of Mr. Harris will definitely appreciate this eclectic compilation of stellar poetry. Reminiscient of the days of Urban Legend and I'm Serious, this album is surely one to be relished beginning to end. I love you TIP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've had this cd's release date marked on my calender for a couple months now..and it is def. worth the wait..get it..T.I. at his finest.
GlitterGirl More than 1 year ago
This is a Great Cd it makes me happy On my Way to work!! ANd it makes me Dance when im at home hey im not gonna lie i drive and dance too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the song Live your life. That song really do hit home and if anyone is not understanding what he is saying then you very well need to pay attention. Rihanna set the song off with her voice and also
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